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Less money on the table for our next METHOD

Less money on the table for our next METHOD

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Much insult is being directed at Baroness Ashton via the media corporations. And also for the fact that she is running an organization with almost double the size of the Foreign Office and with as many more ambassadors even than of any one EU member state. But aside from the rhetoric and misinformation that well focused media corporations are sending out we also receive information on budgets of European External Action Service ( EEAS ) and some of its top officials.

Telegraph newspaper reports: they will spend "£32.8m on bullet-proof limousines for some of its 7,000 officials" . Or, it is stated that the budget of EEAS is a £8bn. (Another newspaper in July said £7bn).

One more article mentions the decision to order the £200,000 limousines whereby an EEAS spokesman is reported to have said: “Baroness Ashton believes it is impossible to put a figure on safety and we will prioritize these vehicles to areas where we feel there is a necessity.”

It m i g h t be a demand; if the situation is so dangerous that the boss gets his limo, then staff should get kevlar.

A different newspaper article states: " The new ambassador in Washington will earn a salary of around €188,000 (£156,000), while ambassadors to important countries such as China, India and Brazil will be paid about €147,000 (£122,000). Ambassadors to small countries will receive about €90,000."

The same article goes on to say "the EU already spends £3.4 billion on external relations, but Solana suggested the creation of the EEAS will cost member states £45 billion between now and 2013. Ashton will have an annual salary of £270,000, plus a chauffeured car, housing allowance and a staff of 20."

And oh yes, let us not forget our beloved ex-Commissioner who became Lord Kinnock after he returned from Brussels.

Apparently he and his wife are now supposedly on 6 state pensions worth £185,000 per year plus having received up to £8m of taxpayers’ money in pay and allowances as is claimed by "The Sunday Times of 14 July 2009". Not bad hey after a life of being a Labour MP who used to call himself a "unionist" with a degree in "industrial relations and history" and a post-graduate degree in "Education" narrowly missing to become the UK prime minister. He then finally ended up in Brussels where he successfully managed to cajole our trade unionists in 2003 into accepting to cut our salaries and benefits. His final achievement was the infamous "Kinnock Reform" of 2004.

Now then, let us see how much after all this bonanza will be left to pay our salaries, pensions, medical bills etc.

Well, the question here is where will all the monies come from? We know that there is only one BUDGET. And, the Member states are crying wolf there is a Financial Crises on.

Consequently any child should know that removing such a big chunk out of that cake plus allocating full pension Rights to each Commissioner and high Official after their 5 years of service leaves not much else for the rest of us in the EU institutions.

In truth, basic monthly salaries of Officials under the Staff Regulations are stated in the Title V under article 66 and go from €2341.61 up to €16207.45 depending on the grade. And, for Contract Staff they go from € 1812.98 up to € 6474.86 .

On the other hand the basic salary of Commissioners go from € 20278.23 to €24874.62 . All of these compare with Corporate salaries well in excess of these figures for people running parts of various corporations around the World.

Now, according to Forbes journal " Europe now has 248 billionaires with a total wealth of $1 trillion. More than one-third of that wealth is held by the region's 25 richest. Among them are the people behind some of our favorite brands and stores, like Louis Vuitton, Ikea, H&M, Nutella and Trader Joe's. Russia takes the lead with nine of the top 25, followed by Germany and Sweden with four apiece. "

The modern corporation, according to law professor Joel Bakan, is "singularly self-interested and unable to feel genuine concern for others in any context... If we look at the corporation as a legal person, it exhibits all the characteristics of a psychopath using a personality diagnostic checklist by the World Health Organization...Who bears the moral responsibility for the actions of a psychopathic institution? The employees of the corporation can be the nicest people in their personal lives but still engage in monstrous endeavours at work. Can we separate the individual from the corporation?..."

Obviously, EU institutions stand in their way when they issue Regulations, Decisions, Recommendations, Directives and opinions that attempt to safeguard the Rights of the 500 million EU citizens.

Meanwhile, any action to weaken these institutions should be interpreted as a gain for those pathological corporations.

To help the process of the propaganda machinery reach its full swing, the media corporations through their newspaper article after article in the major EU Member State countries attack the European Officials remunerations and refer to them in the derogatory tone as Eurocrats.

But rather than defending the Staff, some members of the top management while marching in the footsteps of Lord Kinnock seem to have high hopes of lordship titles when they propose draconian measures to harden up flexitime, force on the Staff the so called "negative priorities", do Penny pinching when it comes to the education allowances of children of Officials or to change the demography of the personnel from "4 Officials to 1 Contractual Agent" to "1 Official for 4 Contractual Agents".

In the intervening time, do not expect a Christmas present this year in your salary package since according to the current Method all signals are that we will be getting a small salary cut.

Reza Fardoom

References: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

S olidarity with those who work for their money
I ndependence from those who don't
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